It's Official: Sony Named Its Next-Gen Console the PS5 and Gave It a 2020 Release Date
Back in July, Microsoft unveiled its plans for the so-called "Project Scarlett," its follow-up console to the Xbox One. As expected, it will boast some unprecedented specs, allegedly running four times faster than any console ever released. Rumors have been swirling around for months about Sony’s answer to Project Scarlett, and in a new report from Wired, we finally got some clarity on the PS4 successor.
PlayStation 5, as Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan confirmed, is the official title for the upcoming console. The system will debut in the 2020 holiday season, and like Project Scarlett, the technology packed in the PS5 sounds absolutely wild. As Wired writes, both consoles will have "a CPU based on AMD Ryzen line and a GPU based on its Navi family; [they] will ditch the spinning hard drive for a solid-state drive.” What this means is, you probably won’t have to anticipate much, if any, load times on Sony's next-gen console. But that’s not the only thing to be excited about here.
The PS5 will allegedly be able to support ray-tracing. This means we may finally get a home console that allows for, as Wired says, “complex lighting and sound effects in 3D environments.” So you can expect video games to get a lot more immersive and atmospheric come winter 2020. And since the console will be running off a solid state drive, everything will be faster, too. Booting up games and waiting around on long, complicated menu screens will be a thing of the past.
Sony reps also told Wired that players will now be able to jump right into “joinable activities in real time.” So instead of logging into Star Wars Battlefront II, loading up the main menu, navigating to the multiplayer menu, then waiting around again to be dropped into a session, the PS5 UI will have you simply hop right into a game.
Sony is plugging in an AI assistant into its new console, too. The forthcoming DualShock controller, which as of now is still unnamed, reportedly has a spot for a “voice-driven AI assistant.” It also was reported that the controllers will have more complex haptic feedback, in addition to triggers with programmable tension, to make a “machine gun feel far different from a shotgun.” This gives developers a world of new experiences to explore for players.
From support for machine learning to real-time UI, the PS5 seems like a huge leap into unexplored territory for the industry of gaming. If you compare gaming to the medium of cinema, which itself is only about 130 years old, video games at this current moment are just barely stepping out of the black-and-white era. With only about half a century of gaming so far, forward-thinking consoles like the PS5 could push the industry into artistic worlds both exciting and unknown. (For reference, Citizen Kane came out just a little more than 50 years after cinema was invented.)
With the PS5, we could be arriving upon a new golden era for the video game industry. Hopefully, the console lives up to the anticipation.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.